Julianne Moore revealed she almost had Melissa McCarthy’s Oscar-nominated role in Can You Ever Forgive Me?, a critically acclaimed LGBTI film from last year.
The reason she didn’t get the role? She was fired from the film.
Moore revealed this shocking information in a new interview on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live.
Nicole Holofcener, co-writer of the film, was also originally slated to direct the true story of gay author and forger Lee Israel. When she was at the helm, Moore was attached to play Israel.
At first the only details about this version was that it came to an end over ‘creative differences’. In the Brave interview, however, Moore said Holofcener fired her.
‘I think she didn’t like what I was doing. I think that her idea of where the character was was different from my idea of where the character was, and so she fired me,’ Moore explained.
She also added that she didn’t want to leave the film and that the whole ordeal is ‘still kind of painful’.
Moore also admitted she still hasn’t seen the film, which went on to be directed by Marielle Heller.
McCarthy earned an aforementioned Oscar nomination for her performance as Israel — one of the best performances of 2018 and in McCarthy’s career.
Richard E. Grant, who co-starred in the film as Israel’s gay friend, Jack Hock, also earned a nod. Though he didn’t win the golden statue, he did win the night when he got to spend time with his idol, Barbra Streisand.